The Pac-12 isn’t going to the College Football Playoff this year.
OK, so that isn’t a statement as much as it’s a prediction, but it’s a prediction I feel confident will come to fruition. While it’s impossible to know how the rest of this season is going to play out, looking around the college football landscape, it isn’t all that difficult to figure out who is going to be left out. And at the school dance that is the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 is standing by itself in the corner of the gym wearing a suit that’s two sizes too big.
While the CFP Selection Committee might not use the Associated Press Top 25 or Coaches Poll while determining its rankings — the first of which will be released a week from Tuesday, on Halloween — they’re still a good reflection of how teams are viewed, and right now the highest-ranked Pac-12 team is Washington at No. 12. Washington State is next at No. 15, followed by Stanford at 20 and Southern California at 21. More so than where they’re ranked, it’s who they’re listed behind. Washington is 6-1 and at No. 12 behind five other one-loss teams.